Steve R., Phenix City, AL
I have been wearing the Reebok Field Magistrate low-cut plate shoe for about 10 years and LOVED it, but the soles were almost slick from wear, so I decided to go ahead and purchase a new pair of shoes. Since Reebok is out of the umpire shoe biz, I purchased the New Balance Low cut plate shoe. I am a size 12-D, and the Reebok shoe fit my foot PERFECTLY. The NB fit very well, also. They arrived the day before our state association training scrimmage. I wore my new shoes and was very pleased with the comfort, support, and look of the new shoes. For those of you looking to buy this shoe, for me, they were a little snug at the metatarsal area, but not uncomfortable, and never noticed after I got on the diamond. The heel is a little loose but I plan to add a heel insert. New Balance has allowed me to rest easy about a major concern when it comes to my umpiring equipment and apparel.